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Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic hit a new high in a wave that hit the country’s president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister

PRAGUE – Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic hit a new high on Friday, an outbreak that hit the country’s president and delayed the appointment of the new prime minister.

The health ministry said the daily number of new cases reached 27,717 the day before. This is nearly 2,000 more than the previous record, set on Tuesday.

The country’s infection rate hit a new high of 1,231 new cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.

Meanwhile, Czech President Milos Zeman will be released from the military hospital in Prague on Saturday. A day earlier, he had been released after more than a month of treatment for an unspecified illness, but was not readmitted until a few hours later after testing positive for COVID-19. The president has received monoclonal antibodies and has no symptoms of COVID-19, the hospital said.

The presidential office said that after his resignation, Zeman will be sworn in to Petr Fiala, the leader of a winning coalition, as the country’s new prime minister. The ceremony was to take place on Friday.

“It is in everyone’s interest to have a new government soon,” said Fiala.

The new record wave was reported a day after the Czech government declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional restrictions on coronaviruses in its efforts to deal with it.

Among other measures that came into effect on Friday, all Christmas markets in the country are banned, as is the consumption of alcohol in public places. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, nightclubs and casinos must close at 10 p.m.

The number of people at cultural and sporting events will be limited to 1,000 people vaccinated or cured of COVID-19, while all other public gatherings will be able to accommodate up to 100 visitors, compared to 1,000.

The nation of 10.7 million people has recorded 32,643 deaths.

The Czech Republic has also banned entry to foreigners who have spent more than 12 hours in the past two weeks in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia in reaction to the new variant of the coronavirus, the foreign ministry said. Friday.

Exceptions include EU nationals and long-term Czech residents.

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